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I feel useless tonight

A confection that’s stale and might

Break a tooth if indulgence succumbed 

Better to leave me alone
I feel horny tonight

Anxious and longing cause the moment is right

Driven from terrors of quieted rage

Trapped inside a locked cage
I was searching

I was searching for my soul

Cause I was sent here

I was sent to rock and roll
Someone save me tonight

There’s no reason, no wrongs and no rights

Just a sad lonely ghost

Trying to make the most
Someone save me tonight

I’m a little boy lost to the night

With no light source no one for a guide

Someone save me tonight
I was searching

I was searching for my soul

Cause I was sent here

I was sent to rock and roll
Someone save me tonight

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  So, I’ve had some people ask me if I’ve been writing music lately. It’s been a while since I’ve released anything and honestly, that’s a little difficult for me to take. I love writing music and during the year and a half since writing and recording my last album, Suckerfish, I realized how much. It took an absence of writing for me to figure it out as well as a listen back to all the song ideas I had recorded on my last phone’s recorder. I listened to everything I recorded, from four second vocal ideas to fully formed songs that for one reason or another didn’t make it into my band’s setlist or onto my last album. Some of these I had zero recollection of. But I was blown away by some of them. Listening, I could see why I had recorded them in the first place. The sparks of a good idea, the excitement of discovering a new chord progression or riff were apparent in many. I could remember feeling like I had discovered gold, that a series of notes, energy, rhythm, tempo, and tone came together to form something so great that I knew it needed to be recorded.Creativity comes to me in waves, it seems. Sometimes only trickles of songs come while other times I nearly drown in them. The last few months have been the latter and it feels great.

So, to answer those people that have been asking, “Have you been writing?”, the answer is yes. Very much so. At this point, I have enough new material to record an album. My dilemma though, is the tone of the songs. They vary quite a bit and I’ve always appreciated albums that have a similar vibe throughout. 

So, what to do? That’s the question I’m working through right now. There are several other factors I need to take into consideration but none are as immediate as this.

I will keep posting updates about my progress, as well as other surprises and such. In the meantime, take care!
-A

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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Mine was filled with family, relaxation, and good times. I braved Black Friday but could only take an hour, and late night at that when the craziness had died down.

I have some exciting news on the music front. My album Suckerfish is available on iTunes!! I’m now up there with acts like Garfunkel and Oates, Adam Green, Marcy Playground, Green Day, Weezer, Muse, Taylor Dayne, Bananarama, etc. You get the picture.

As a celebration of that accomplishment, I uploaded a new song to stream on my bandcamp page. It’s called Malady and I hope you enjoy it! Download it from iTunes and leave a comment in the ratings section. It will really help this album get noticed. Thanks so much!

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Suckerfish is ready for download! – click link

I’ve realized lately that it doesn’t matter if no one listens to this, buys it, downloads it, likes it, shares it, or appreciates it.

I love it. I’m very proud of it. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who had a hand in making it, everyone who inspired it, and everyone who supported it.

While I invented characters and plot lines, and changed some lyrics to accommodate the story, this is a very personal record for me. All of the songs were inspired by someone I know or something that happened and while some of the scenes are fantastical, they all started in a very real and vulnerable place. This makes it equal parts scary to put out there and rewarding that a big part of me is in this and ready for others to experience.

So I’m okay if this album falls on impaired ears. It was something I had to do and I had to put out. And who knows? Maybe enough people will appreciate it and share it with others who appreciate it and it keeps going and going until I hear from someone in Belarus who loves listening to it as much as I do. That would be amazing.

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It’s been awhile since I wrote about my music. Partly due to my Halloween film fest writing project, but also because I’m neck deep into the business/marketing side of music, a subject which I know little about. The past month and a half since I finished recording has been filled with emails about one aspect of the business or another: the artwork, the mastering, the licensing, etc. It’s been hectic and trying to coordinate everything so that I can make a before December release date has been challenging to say the least.

As of now, my top priority is the artwork. I’ve been working with a great graphic photo artist named Deyo Glines who is based out of California. After telling him about the cd and sending him the songs and lyrics, we’ve come up with some things that really go well with the music. I’m really excited how the artwork is accentuating the songs and the story they tell to the point where I don’t feel the need to put a photo of myself in there. I will somewhere but I’m really loving the photo story aspect.

As I wait for all the legalese to work itself out, I can at least show the most probably cover I’ll be going with. Hopefully, you’ll like it!

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Going into the final day of mixing, I couldn’t help but feel great about the entire project. Every one of the songs sounded, not only different, but so much more amazing than I thought possible. Everyone who contributed left an indelible mark on the songs, improving them in every way.

As the project is nearing completion, I need to start thinking about what comes next. The name of the album, shows, promotion, mastering, video, etc are all thing I need to figure out and decide on. The way the songs are turning out, I’ve decided I need to change a few things I was planning on doing. Homemade MS paint cd covers won’t cut it this time. I need to do a little bigger this time, not just think about it.

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Finally finished all the tracking today! The core tracks were done so once I got to the studio, Don and I were able to have some fun, creating harmonies, adding percussion, and some accordion. We added a huge harmony to Butterscotch Mary and small piano part to Give Me More. I was also able to break out my accordion on A Great Escape and Suckerfish to add some depth as well as solos.

Now, we’re getting into the mixing, a tedious but important part of the recording process. Lady is finished, ready to print. We’re getting this thing done! It’ll be tight and the next few days will be busy if we’re to finished all 11 songs by Saturday night but everything has been smooth so far.

I’m really excited to get this thing out so everyone can hear it! It’s a project that is really close and important to me, not only as a musical project but also a personal one. All these songs were born out of genuine emotion that I didn’t always share with others so putting it out there is a bit scary for me, especially being as inverted as I tend to be. In a way, I’m viewing this as a personal experiment. I’ve never done anything to this kind of scale on my own, following something I really care about from inception to completion. I’m branching out. It feels great but I know it’ll feel even better once its finished.

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